About Owner & Chief Examiner Richard Smith-
a polygraph examiner, it is very important to consider their experience level in the polygraph field specifically, and whether this is detailed on their website, to include the dates of attendance at basic &
advanced polygraph training.
Also verify that the polygraph school they attended was accredited by the American Polygraph Association- http://www.polygraph.org/section/training/apa-accredited-polygraph-schools . Another important consideration is an examiner's
dedication to continuing education/advanced polygraph training, and whether they can provide documentation of it.
–Richard Smith has dedicated himself to
continuing education by regular attendance at advanced APA accredited polygraph training seminars hosted by the Northwest
Polygraph Examiner's Association since 1994–
Richard Smith is a 1993 graduate of Western Oregon University's School of Polygraphy, an American Polygraph
Association accredited school, administered by Dr. Stanley Abrams, Phd. in clinical and forensic psychology, as well
as a notable polygraph expert and author.
Richard Smith is retired from 23 years as a fully commissioned law enforcement officer, and
has worked in the field of polygraphy since 1993 as both a law enforcement and private practice examiner focused on resolution
of criminal issues, pre-employment screening examinations, civil issues, fidelity issues, and Post Conviction Sex Offender
Testing. Mr. Smith has retained peace officer certifications in both Washington and Alaska.
In recent years, requests for fidelity testing has increased. Fidelity testing is considered
only after a careful assessment of an individual case, to ensure that polygraph testing is an appropriate path to a resolution.
It is this examiner's professional opinion that polygraph should not be utilized as the sole means to resolve trust issues
in any relationship, but serve to compliment therapy or counseling. I receive many requests for this type
of testing that I ultimately decline because I'm either being asked to undertake a testing approach that is unethical and/or
in violation of polygraph fundamentals. Other reasons such requests are declined include attempts to coerce or force a spouse
or domestic partner to submit to polygraph testing, or when the requests are for urgent scheduling and results. Olympic Polygraph
Inc. will not conduct such examinations for subjects requesting emergent, or immediate testing, or when it appears that a
subject is being pressured or coerced to undertake such an examination. There has been a dramatic increase in referrals
to Olympic Polygraph by professionals specializing in relationship and marital counseling, and it is highly likely that exam
requests in such instances will be accepted.
Examinations are conducted at the sole discretion of the examiner. Many factors must be considered
in determining whether or not to proceed with a polygraph examination, such as clarity of the test issue, and the physical
and emotional status of the examinee.
No examination will be administered to any
client who has engaged in recent usage of illegal drugs, marijuana, or any drug that may negatively influence their ability
to respond normally and naturally to stimuli. This includes intoxication from the consumption of alcoholic beverages. If a
client has any question regarding this, they should consult with a physician prior to confirming an appointment for polygraph
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